• July 3, 2018

    The Stone House: Sanding Floors & Mouse Hotels

    Late February, the upstairs floors received some patch work repairs and sanding to attempt to even them out and clean the boards up.


    An exposed copper pipe was our solution to a plumbing issue that couldn't be buried.


    Finally, a mousy discovery was made under the wood windowsills: mouse hotels! We brought the window sill back to the stone while we thought about a finishing solution.


    Amazing how the sunlight transforms the space. Here you can see the smoked oak ceiling that was installed. 



    Downstairs, the bathroom is getting drywalled.


    Outside we are considering the roof, and how we can't seem to escape all the hidden leaks. Everyone says this is a tin roof for life ("they don't make them like they used to"). Originally we were going to paint it in the spring but we have decided to remove any doubt and put a new roof on.


    You may also notice that you cannot see the 6 over 6 lines on the windows. This is because we initially painted them a grey blue colour and you can't see it for the screens and bright white. In the end we decided we wanted to head in a different direction...stay tuned to see what colour we choose! 


    Ahhh February, that point in the year where you become very very done with winter.

  • June 27, 2018

    The Stone House: February update

    January was a quiet month, I am not even sure we even visited the Stone House. Work started up again in February, with the installation of new windows! 


    Originally we weren't going to invest in new windows but after evaluating the condition of the chewed out upstairs windows and deciding we wanted to replace them with 6 over 6 double hung, there was no turning back. We looked at Marvin, and dreamers do as dreamers do, we proceeded to annoy them with our seemingly ridiculous purist requests. 


    The modern window game is all about vinyl and gas filled double pane. They really had a hard time understanding our desire for wood windows. We also disputed over the visible stainless metal pieces you inevitably see in the double pane window. We knew it would bother us to no end. So we finally agreed to an energy panel solution, which is basically a removable extra window panel that sits discreetly inside the frame.


    In the end we are really happy that we replaced the windows.


    I realize I didn't really say anything about the marble tub so for those who are wondering, during John's internet wanderings, he found a place online, based out of Spain, that had acquired a bunch of decommissioned tubs from an Italian spa.  Since we already deal with importing and shipping from Europe, it wasn't as daunting of a task to order.


    Painting has started in the guest bedroom. Here you see the primer coat for Belgian Wilderness from Pure & Original paints. Trim hasn't been painted yet.



    In the parlour the primer coat for Elephant has been applied. 


    The summer kitchen has some progress to show. The beams above have all been sanded so now they contrast less with the ceiling boards. In even bigger news, the Esse stove arrived. More on this later...


    Upstairs in the bedroom, the insulation is in the ceiling and the framer has reinforced the roof, and laid the new ceiling, using smoked oak boards.


    A pretty substantial jump forward!

  • June 26, 2018

    A Frame Sign by Renaud Sauvé & Gilbert Garcia

    I cannot believe that our first A-frame sign was made seven years ago! Read about our attempt at shou sugi ban (charred cedar) and collaboration with local artist Melinda Josie over on Kitka. With all the wild weather, our sign was looking pretty rough so we commissioned Renaud Sauvé and Gilbert Garcia to create a fresh presence.


    Gilbert dropped it off near the end of last week and our minds were blown.


    Renaud created handpainted porcelain tiles...


    ...with beautiful imagery of some of the products we are known to carry.


    Contrasted with the more minimalist Open side, is this gorgeous painting that includes antiques, a vase by Renaud and a favourite Luca Nichetto design, Sucabaruca!



    A detail close up. Insert emoji with the eyes popping out of the face here.


    Gilbert Garcia did the weighted frame, with some additional beautiful brass and rope details.


    John also invested in some new trees. It's nice to have our storefront looking as nice as the interior again!



  • June 20, 2018

    Tomii Takashi

    It's taken awhile but we are excited to get some new pieces from Japanese wood artisan Tomii Takashi.


    We visited Tomii Takashi at his home in Japan years ago, and featured him in an interview in Mjolk Book Volume II. I thought it may be fun to share a few outtakes from that visit. Tomii and his family have since moved to a new home further north, so we hope to visit again one day.


    First stop was Gallery Yamahon. Set in the countryside, the gallery carries works by contemporary Japanese artisans. True to Japanese style, they also have a nice cafe for refreshments.


    The view across the street from the gallery. 


    Off to lunch!


    Missing Japanese food right now. There sure is a dearth of quality in our area. The closest we have are Imanishi and Shunoko, but boy could we use something closer!


    We arrive at Tomii's home, located in a pastoral setting, in an old farmhouse. As mentioned he has since moved from here, but it was so great to be able to see this type of home personally.


    Time for sweets and tea.


    Some beautiful objects along the windowsill.


    Checking out our first ever order with Tomii.


    Heading out to the wood studio, about a 10-15 minute drive away in an old school.


    Working on a blossom dish.


    Check out Mjolk Book Volume II for more!